John Ciccarelli first started playing the guitar at high school at the age of 14, where he formed a band with 3 friends, called The Reasons Four. For 2 years, the band was in residency at Kurrajong Heights Hotel, playing every Saturday and Sunday, with the weeknights spent at The Railway Hotel in Liverpool.
During a stint in the Army in the 1970's, John started playing the trombone and honed his skill properly upon returning to civilian life, at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Under the expert tuition of Geoff Bailey (a trombonist in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra), John achieved the level of Grade 8 AMEB.
While at the Conservatorium, John joined the Conservatorium Big Band. This was an amazing time in Australian music, as many of the members of that Big Band would continue their very successful careers in the Australian music scene. Rodger Frampton, Paul Panichi, David Panichi, James Morrison, John Morrison and Alan Freeman were joined by esteemed Directors of the band, Don Burrows, Bill Motzing, and Professor Howie Smith.
After a 20 year hiatus from the music world, in 2000 John began teaching school children.
John is proficient in Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Saxophone, (Alto & Tenor), Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Guitar, Drums, & Acoustic Guitar.
Clarinet, Drums, Flute, Guitar, Trumpet & Saxophone
Nicholas first started playing trumpet in the school band at 8 years of age.
During his High School years he became interested in clarinet, saxophone and drums, studying drums under the guidance of Mitch Farmer. He continued gaining experience, playing drums in a Sydney cover band in local pubs and hotels and in later years, trumpet in a touring stage band.
Following High School, Nicholas graduated from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) where he enjoyed writing background music for movies, commercials and film clips, something he continues to do today.
His formal education was never neglected though, with Nicholas attaining Honours in 5th Grade AMEB clarinet and completing 8th Grade AMEB trumpet.
Nicholas is currently working in schools, conducting school bands and tutoring students on flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, saxophone and drums.
Brass, Bass Guitar, Drums, Euphonium, Flute, Trombone & Trumpet
Michael has been playing music since he was ten years old, and has performed across Australia and Europe.
While teaching and conducting across various Sydney schools for ten years, Michael has also recently completed his Bachelor of Music, majoring in performance.
Guitar, Piano, Ukelele, Singing & Trumpet
Patricia is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese and is a guitarist and singer-songwriter, teaching acoustic & electric guitar, piano and ukulele.
She comes from a musical background of classical piano and choral singing in her childhood, after which she gained further study on the guitar and songwriting.
Patricia completed her Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Performance) at the Australian Institute of Music in 2018.
With her degree specialising in contemporary music and experiences in ensemble and band performances, recording, arranging and songwriting, Patricia gained extensive knowledge of different music genres in terms of stylistic techniques and music theory.
Her students are able to receive training in guitar, piano and ukulele playing techniques, building up repertoire (songs & tunes), performing, self- accompanying, songwriting and aural.
Glenyss started learning piano at the age of 8 where she was surrounded by music, having many siblings learning piano, cello, violin and viola.
Glenyss has studied under the tuition of Thea Ashe, Heather Boyd and Noelle Brinsden and commenced teaching when she was 17.
In addition to teaching, Glenyss has been involved with the Northern Sydney Youth String Ensembles as an accompanist and has had the pleasure of being on stage in musical productions of the Blue Mountains Musical Society.
Glenyss loves to nurture young musicians to enjoy their music making.
Guitar, Piano & Violin
Enoch is fluent in English, Cantonese & Mandarin and started his violin journey from the age of eight, working strenuously until he attained ABRSM Grade 8 violin and Grade 5 Theory of Music during high school.
With more than a decade of violin practice with Wing Chi Leung, concert performer and Yusi Yang, violinist in Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Enoch has been nurtured with a progressive music learning approach.
Being a primary school teaching assistant in Hong Kong has allowed him to share his passion in music with children. Music is such a major part of his life that he is now studying a Master of Creative Music Therapy at Western Sydney University.
While in Hong Kong, Enoch provided violin lessons in both private based and music centre forms. Talented students ranging from young children to adults, were developed under a casual, systematic music environment with some having been taught up to the higher level of violin Grade 8 certificates in ABRSM.
Clarinet, Flute, Piano & Saxophone
Lucy is a Primary school music teacher who has been teaching for 34 years.
She currently teaches in the Carlingford area, specialising in piano, saxophone (Alto and Tenor) and clarinet, but also plays a variety of other instruments.
Lucy is a member of the Harmonix Concert Band and newly formed Harmonix Big Band.
Lucy loves passing on her passion of music to young players.
Bass Guitar, Guitar & Ukelele
Will is a multi instrumentalist specialising in Guitar and Bass Guitar. He has been performing gigs since 2015 in a variety of different bands, performing covers and original music, all around the Greater Sydney Area.
After completing a Bachelor of Music in Songwriting at JMC Academy, Will worked as a session musician at JMC and has been keeping busy teaching guitar in the local areas, as well as continuing to focus on original projects.
Lena is an experienced piano teacher and accompanist with a Bachelor of
Music Education from the Conservatorium of Music, where she studied under the
professional guidance of Elizabeth Powell, successfully completing her
LmusA diploma from the AMEB and Grade 6 in musicianship. Lena also
completed a Bachelor in Music Repetiteur at the Sydney Conservatorium of
Music under the guidance of Simon Kenway.
Lena has taught many private students piano and musicianship at all levels
including AmusA. She previously taught at Forte School of Music and also at
Meriden private Anglican Girls School. Lena has accompanied many students
in preparation for HSC exams, AMEB exams and various auditions for schools
Lena is passionate about teaching piano and accompanying and is excited to
share this passion with others.
Kewei (Kevin) Shao
Kevin is a proficient violinist with a longstanding passion for the classical repertoire, whilst also being a well-versed pianist.
His musical background stems from the young age of 6, where he started to play in little string groups before building up a distinguished reputation as first violinist throughout his high school time.
Pursuing further musical excellence, he toured Europe with the school orchestra in 2017 and participated in the 2018 ACO Academy program, where he learnt from members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra themselves.
Before graduating, Kevin completed his AmusA for violin and achieved a noteworthy 49/50 for the HSC Music Extension course.
He has since been teaching violin for over 3 years, mentoring students of all ages, applying a variety of instructional techniques.
Kevin communicates musical knowledge with calm and patience but is a firm believer in structured lessons to encourage students to achieve their best.
Piano, Singing & Trumpet
Hannah is a vocalist and instrumentalist with a love of musical theatre and jazz music. She graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium in 2016 with a Bachelor of Music (Music Education) majoring in classical voice and has since spent the last 3 years travelling with the performing arts company 'The Young Americans'.
With this group, Hannah was able to work with directors from Broadway, Disneyland, Royal Carribean Cruises and Paramount Pictures. She spent two and a half years teaching and performing all over Japan, the West Coast and Midwest of the United States.
In 2018 and 2019 Hannah was a featured soloist in 'The Magic of Christmas' in California.
After being in a new city every 3 days for much of the last few years, Hannah is excited to be back home sharing her love of music!
Flute & Singing
Emma is an experienced vocalist and flautist, with a particular passion for jazz, pop, theatre and a capella music. With a background in choral singing, she is especially interested in part-singing, aural skills and arranging for voice.
Emma is currently studying Contemporary Music Practice at the Sydney Conservatorium, gaining further experience in songwriting, arranging, recording, and a variety of musical genres and styles.
She regularly performs around Sydney as a soloist, and as a member of two choirs and has extensive experience singing at venues such as the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Town Hall.
Emma loves teaching performance, technical and aural skills, and enjoys working with beginners. She hopes to create a non-judgemental and collaborative space, where students can develop their confidence and passion for music!
Gloria is fluent in English, Cantonese & Mandarin and graduated from the Hong Kong Baptist University in 2007, with a Master of Arts in Music.
Prior to this, she was teaching at Taoist Ching Chung Primary School as well as teaching Piano privately.
Gloria has been both a class teacher and choir conductor and is a patient and conscientious teacher.
Clarinet, Flute, Piano & Saxophone
Emma started piano lessons at the early age of four through the Suzuki method, before transferring to the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB). At school, while playing in ensembles and bands, Emma completed her Associate Diploma on saxophone and Grade 7 on piano.
During a brief break from music, Emma studied and worked in childcare and has a particular interest in engaging children with music. Emma returned to studying music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she studied under the tutelage of Christina Leonard on saxophone. During this time, Emma was a member of various ensembles and quartets and was accepted to do an internship with Fine Music 102.5FM as well as Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA).
Currently, Emma teaches in and around Sydney and its surrounding suburbs as well as performing regularly with the Corrective Services New South Wales band, in amateur musicals, and casually with the New South Wales Police Band.
Tim comes from a musical family, and started formal music lessons when he was eight. He has been playing both drums and guitar for more than fifteen years and has been teaching for seven years.
Tim is very personable and has enjoyed a number of different playing experiences, including playing percussion with the Darwin Symphony Orchestra.
He is interested in a very wide range of music including Jazz, Blues, Funk, Pop, Rock and Punk.
Tim's students are all every enthusiastic about his teaching style and we are very pleased to have him at Carlingford School of Music.
Suna Lau Flynn
Piano, Singing & Violin
Suna is fluent in English, Cantonese & Mandarin and at age 16, the Japanese Victor Exam board awarded Suna as an Intermediate piano and music theory teacher and she placed second in the Formosa (Taiwan) Piano Competition in the same year.
Suna studied music at Fu-Jen Catholic University (Taiwan)
and at age 19 performed on TV, in talent shows and taught as a lecturer for the student piano club at the University, while at the same time, teaching at private education centres.
Moving to Australia in 2008, she dedicated herself to community activities, arranging student recitals, performance and art workshops and performing at many festivals. Suna founded the Cultural Festival in 2016 and took on the role as secretary of the Queensland Music Teacher Association in 2019.
Following these roles, Suna was accepted as a mature-age student into the Australian Institute of Music to complete her Graduate Certificate and Masters Degree in Art and Entertainment Management, and at this time Suna moved to Sydney.
In 2017, she met her Pipa (Chinese Lute) teacher, ChuYi
Zhang and started her Fusion music journey. In
2019 she rearranged “Playing Pipa backward” with semi-retired Chinese Folk Dance Master, May Wang, becoming the first person in the world, able to dance Duen Huang Chinese Folk dance at the same time as playing Pipa.
Bass Guitar, Drums & Guitar
Cristhian started his studies in music at 11 years of age, in “Canto por la Vida” music school of Ginebra (Colombia) where he learnt to play plucked string instruments such the classic guitar and traditional instruments of the Colombian Andean region such as the Tiple which became his main instrument.
At the same school, Cristian began his career in drums, traditional Colombian percussion and Latin percussion.
He started his professional studies at 17 years of age at “Universidad del Valle” in Cali (Colombia) in the area of symphonic percussion with an emphasis on music pedagogy. Cristhian received a Bachelor of Music degree from this University.
Over several years, Cristhian has played in different competitions and events as a multi-instrumentalist achieving great national recognition, with Colombian and Latin American Andean folklore his main musical influences.
He has dedicated most of his professional life to teaching music in the areas of plucked string instruments, drums, percussion, music theory and conducting musical ensembles.
Michael’s musical journey began at a young age when he was deeply inspired by a classical music concert from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Since then, he has gathered a wealth of experience in classical music, as well as in contemporary and electronic music.
Apart from playing the piano as a hobby, Michael is heavily involved in the development of his musical passion project, where he shares and contributes his own creative works toward the growing industry of electronic music.
Michael is currently working towards his Licentiate Diploma in Music for piano performance (LMusA) after achieving his Certificate of Performance (CMuSA) in recent years. In addition, he is studying a Bachelor of Music and Sound Design with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies at UTS.
Bringing together his extensive classical piano background and industry experience in music production and sound engineering, Michael’s teaching style encourages professional playing technique, self-developed artistic expression and ultimately, the lifelong enjoyment of playing piano.
His energetic and charismatic nature allows his students to achieve their desired musical goals with self-fulfilment and confidence.